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Android 10 Q: Google is planning a new graphics engine

Google is apparently planning a smoother graphics engine for Android 10.
Logo: Google, graphics / assembly: teltarif.de In the smartphone world it is usually like this: One product is still in its infancy or has not yet been officially released, and there is already diligent speculation about the successor to the successor. This is also the case with the Android operating system. For Android 9 P only beta versions have been released so far; Google only released the third beta for testing at the beginning of July. The successor could be titled Android 10 Q - unless Google changes its naming philosophy in upcoming operating systems.

The technology portal xdadevelopers goes into the latest speculations in detail and talks about a new implementation that should make it possible, among other things, to accelerate graphic displays and thus raise them to a different level.

Vulkan instead of OpenGL

Google is apparently planning a smoother graphics engine for Android 10.
Logo: Google, graphics / assembly: teltarif.de So far, Google has relied on Skia, an open source 2D graphics engine, to display content, for example in Chrome, Chrome OS and Android. Skia has been in use since earlier versions of Android, such as Android 3.0. The Skia engine is accelerated via the OpenGL API.

According to speculations, Google will use Android 10 Q "Vulkan" in the next version as the successor to the OpenGL engine for displaying 2D graphics. According to xdadevelopers, this is proven by a bug report by a Google engineer, which deals with the implementation of the Vulkan API in the system.

With the use of Vulkan when rendering 2D content, the graphic structure should, among other things, get along with almost no delays. So annoying stutters would be a thing of the past. According to xdadevelopers, Vulkan as a new element in the Android operating system is not an unexpected step, but a logical further development to improve graphic rendering.

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